Who we are and what we stand for.
West End P.O.W.E.R. (WEP) is a community organization committed to strengthening communities through activism, advocacy, education, equity, and promoting unity. WEP works to transform communities in the Greater Pittsburgh Region, particularly communities of color and other underrepresented communities. Through the process of continued community building WEP works with decision makers, community leaders and stakeholders, policy makers and others to bring about the positive outcomes we seek. At WEP we take great pride in our work whether it is providing services or working as advocates we believe in providing opportunities with effective resources.
Our whole thing is collaborating, through collaboration we can build a community that is based on inclusion, equity, and valuing our community asset – human capital. We educate, we support, and we provide resources.
Our credit repair and home ownership programs are extremely necessary in the West End because many residents lived in the former Broadhead Manor and Westgate Village public housing complexes and have little experience with ownership. We recognize that home ownership provides stability, instills a sense of pride, and is critical to building successful communities.
Our nonpartisan Community Education Civic Series Program provides marginalized communities with an introduction to Civic Participation and Engagement by examining local elected officials and their respective offices, duties, and other relevant functions. Through the process of continued community building WEP works with decision makers, community leaders and stakeholders, policy makers and others to bring about the positive outcomes we seek.
Terri Minor-Spencer is the Founder and President of West End P.O.W.E.R., a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through activism, advocacy, education, equity, and promoting unity. Terri is a tireless advocate for her community where she works to build unity working closely with returning citizens to reform the Criminal Justice System, participating in job readiness programs, serving as a G.E.D. Instructor, and being an advocate for entrepreneurs. Terri is selfless and relentless in her fight to change what she calls the “old time machine that continuously condones the criminalizing, over policing, and hyper incarceration of communities of color.”